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Please continue to pray for Japan

What do Japanese like to do over the holidays? Some like to see light shows, go shopping, and eat KFC. My wife and I like to watch White Christmas, sing carols, and eat cookies. How about you? What do you like to do at Christmas?

One of the things we like about Christmas in Japan is that it is a good opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. OCSI’s Christmas programs on November 30 and December 6 shared the real meaning of Christmas. Please ask God to use Christmas events to reach Japan for Jesus.

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Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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Superintendent

December 7th, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI, including:

  • 1st grade artists exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing.
  • 4th and 5th grade students thinking deeply about purpose and values in Bible class.
  • 7th grade scientists considering the question, “How are these molecules the same and different?”
  • 11th grade AP English students constructing argument essays, having researched both sides of their chosen issue.
To learn more, check out these blogs:
Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:
  • Ask God to help each student to think from a Biblical perspective.
  • Ask God for increased student involvement in church.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

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Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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November 8th, 2017|

We want more and more people to know Jesus

In Japan, few know Jesus. So it’s exciting to hear the testimony of a fellow Christian. Check out the video!

OCSI, we want our students to know Jesus. So…

  • We provide Christian teachers, Bible class and chapel, and biblical integration across the curriculum.
  • We focus on helping students understand God/His world and to think Biblically.

And God is blessing His work! For example, a student (who last year shared that he wasn’t a Christian) now shares that God plays a role in our world. And 2 students recently accepted Jesus into their hearts.

Thanks for praying:

  • Praise God for providing a middle school math/science teacher.
  • Praise God that parents are attending a Bible study on parenting.
  • Ask God to provide a bus driver.
Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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P.S. Meet our elementary staff!
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October 11th, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:
  • We started classes on August 22 with 410 students. Our goal is to equip our student to walk with God and impact the world for Him.
  • Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it. For example, students are grappling with things like personal connections with Bible verses, the relationship between mass and volume, and how absolute and relative location help us understand the world.
  • Keep Each Other Safe LogoTeachers are helping students increase their understanding by asking open-ended questions, helping students master key vocabulary words, and providing students with feedback.
  • Through our Keep Each Other Safe Program, we are helping students understand the importance of speaking the truth in love and respecting each other as God’s image bearers.

To learn more, check out these blogs entries:

Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Praise God for working in the hearts of our students. One student recently shared about becoming a Christian!
  • Ask God to use the parent Bible study that starts on October 6 to help parents understand Biblical parenting.
  • Ask God to provide staff.
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Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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Superintendent

September 8th, 2017|

Pray for OCSI

Being safe—it’s something everyone wants. And we all have many ways we work to keep ourselves and our loved ones as safe as possible: homeowner’s insurance, fire alarms, retirement investments, seatbelts, and shisa. Wait—shisa? What are shisa?

Shisa are mythical creatures somewhere between a dog and a lion, recognizable by their curly manes. They represent Okinawans’ desire for safety, as they are supposed to guard the place they are posted. As I walk around my neighborhood, I see them everywhere—on rooftops, gateposts, and vending machines; in front of the Starbucks and the gas station; and on terra-cotta tiles adorning the entry to the local elementary school and the local fishing port.

My neighbors worry about the usual threats to safety—and a few more: tsunamis, earthquakes, and typhoons. In my neighborhood, there are signs pointing to tsunami evacuation routes and signs designating emergency shelters.

Keep Each Other Safe LogoAt OCSI, we want our students to be safe physically. So, for example, we have earthquake drills, where everyone shelters under a desk or a table to protect their head from falling objects. We have typhoon procedures to close school and to secure the campus against the strong wind and heavy rain.

We also want our students to be safe spiritually—to find shelter in Jesus. In a country where less than 1% know Jesus, we have the opportunity to teach our students not only math and English, but also how to find spiritual safety!

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our over 400 K-12 students. Ask God to keep them safe in Jesus.
  • Praise God that new staff are making a good transition to OCSI.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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Superintendent

August 3rd, 2017|

Please continue to pray for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI!

  • Over 75 summer school students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it. Students have devotions, concentrate on English and math, eat lunch, and participate in 4 specials: outdoor games, art, computer, and music.
  • Preparations have begun for next year, including processing new textbooks for health, social studies, Bible, and English.
  • OCSI has made progress on preparing for its accreditation visit in spring 2018.

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to provide the resources OCSI needs to equip students to walk with God and impact the world for Him.
  • Ask God to use OCSI to share the good news of Jesus.
  • Pray that the board, staff, students, and their families will grow in their commitment to the Lord.
  • Praise God for student diversity seen in learning styles, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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P.S. Check out this video which celebrates good things that happened in kindergarten last year!

July 6th, 2017|

Thanks for praying for OCSI

We are celebrating OCSI’s 60th! We celebrated with graduations for K5, 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade.
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Join our celebration of OCSI’s 60th by checking out our annual report
It includes good things that happened this year and student-made videos!


Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Praise God for using OCSI for 60 years to reach Japan for Jesus.
  • Ask that God will use our summer school program to help our students deepen their understanding of God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Pray that the entire OCSI family will do all in God’s strength, learning to wait and listen to the wise counsel He provides.
  • Praise God for OCSI’s Board of Directors. Ask God to encourage board members and to provide His guidance.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

P.S. Check out this video which celebrates OCSI’s athletic program!

June 10th, 2017|

Pray for OCSI

We’re in the home stretch, and good things continue to happen:

  • Elementary students had a blast during Kid City and on field day.
  • Secondary students are enjoying spring activities, including the Jr/Sr Banquet, soccer, and track.
  • Parents are involved in an ESL parenting class that meets on Fridays.
  • Staff are focusing on how to live out OCSI’s values even more.

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to help students finish the school year well so that they can learn even more about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Ask God to help OCSI staff effectively equip students to impact the world for Him.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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May 11th, 2017|

Please continue to pray for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • The elementary’s Culture Fair was a success.
  • 6th grade science students studied Newton’s laws of motion.
  • High school computer scientists created lighting while learning about electricity and programming micro-controllers.
  • Teachers discussed effective instructional strategies.
  • New staff focused on OCSI’s mission, vision, and philosophy.

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to give staff the wisdom and discernment they need as they interact with students and families from different cultural backgrounds. 
  • Pray that our students will use their learning to serve God and others.
  • Praise the Lord for His grace, mercy, and bountiful provision.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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P.S. Road construction along the far end of the playing field is finished, and poles and nets have been installed. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds to cover these costs. We invite you to give a gift in Japan or the US.

April 11th, 2017|

God is at work at OCSI

OCSI Connections:

How is God at work at OCSI?

  • Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Some students have been inviting their classmates to church.
  • A student asked about a Scripture she had read earlier in the day. A good conversation followed.
  • A student is interested in making Christianity his own belief.
  • High schoolers are leading worship and teaching Sunday school.

Thanks for continuing to pray for OCSI:

  • Pray that our alumni will continue to grow closer to God.
  • Ask God to help staff use a Biblical perspective to guide their work.
  • Pray that our students will think critically and Biblically.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Road construction along the far end of the playing field is finished, and now we are installing poles and nets. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds to cover these costs. We invite you to give a gift in Japan or the US.

March 15th, 2017|